Iconic Designer Chairs in Action

Iconic designer chairs are to see and admire, not to own or use unless you have thousands of dollars to spend on a single chair. But here at the Musashino Art University Library, Tokyo, Japan, students can actually USE them as they study (or take a nap?). Nested beautifully inside a building designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimori, classic chairs never lose their relevance here.

Here is the complete list of the chairs you find at the Musashino Art University Library.

  • Egg Chair, 1958, Denmark (Arne Jacobsen 1902-1971)     
  • Ekstrom, 1977, Norway (Terje Ekstrom 1944 -)
  • Globe, 1963, Finland (Eero Aarnio, 1932 -)        
  • Spoke Chair, 1962, Japan (Tendo Mokko), (Kappei Toyoguchi, 1905 – 1991)
  • Paimio, 1931, Finland (Alvar Aalto, 1898 – 1976)       
  • Wassily Chair, 1926, Germany (Marcel Breuer, 1902 – 1981)
  • Conoid Chair, 1960, USA (George Nakashima, 1905 – 1990)       
  • DCW, 1946, USA (Charles and Ray Eames, 1907 – 1978)
  • Teizaisu (Low Chair), 1960, Japan (Tendo Mokko), (Daisaku Choh 1921 -)       
  • Wien Chair, 1870, Austria (Gebrüder Thonet)
  • La Chaise, 1948, Switzerland (Charles and Ray Eames, 1907 – 1978)
  • Hill House Chair, 1902, England (Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1868 – 1928)
  • Barcelona Chair, 1929, Germany (Mies van del Rohe, 1886 – 1969)
  • Red and Blue, 1918, Netherland (Gerrit Rietveld, 1888 – 1964)